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  • October 18th 2010

    Proposed Assembly Housing Legislation as Bad As S-1 (PDF)

    October 18, 2010 - A housing bill scheduled for introduction as soon as today is as bad as Senate bill S-1, which the Assembly rejected in June 2010. Under the new legislation, municipalities would possess unilateral control over housing affordable to low- and moderate-income families, seniors, and people with special needs and could choose to exclude it completely. However, municipalities would be given new requirements to build over 150,000 half-million dollar homes without making progress towards their starter home goals, a bizarre new Trenton mandate that neither fulfills the court decision voiding the state’s housing policy just last week nor makes sense in the current market.

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  • October 8th 2010

    Court Invalidates Discriminatory COAH Regulations (PDF)

    The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court today held that the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) has done too little to remove regulatory barriers to housing affordable to low- and moderate-income people, and ordered development of a new housing policy for the state.

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  • September 8th 2010

    Marlboro Township’s Bad Faith Exposes Town to Housing Litigation in Courts (PDF)

    In a decision issued this morning, Marlboro Township (Monmouth County), was removed from the protections of the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) because the Council found that the municipality “consistently failed to demonstrate good faith” in meeting its housing obligations. This decision permits developers and non-profit organizations, such as Fair Share Housing Center, to obtain compliance with the Mount Laurel doctrine through the courts.

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  • June 15th 2010

    COAH Should Be Replaced With An Efffective System that Produces Homes Near Jobs and Transit (PDF)

    A wide range of civil rights, environmental, housing, religious, and supportive housing and special needs groups called on the Legislature to replace COAH with a strategy that will actually produce more homes near jobs and transit, instead of adopting the deeply flawed S-1.

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  • June 8th 2010

    Caldwell, Roseland, and Verona Get a Pass while Legislation Demands More from Maplewood and S Orange (PDF)

    Legislation that cleared a Senate committee last week and is scheduled for a vote of the full Senate this Thursday says that many less racially and economically diverse municipalities, such as Caldwell, Roseland, and Verona, have provided sufficient affordable housing while many other more diverse municipalities have not. Senate Bill S-1 exempts many wealthier municipalities in New Jersey while requiring Maplewood and South Orange to provide more affordable housing and permitting developers to sue those municipalities if their development proposals are rejected.

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  • June 7th 2010

    $20 Million in Union County Taxpayer Funds at Stake Due to Risky Development Deal (PDF)

    Due to a risky development deal, Union County and Elizabeth taxpayers could be on the hook for up to $20 million to redevelop an apartment complex down the street from Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s Elizabeth home. While Sen. Lesniak is attempting to bail out the development through legislation redirecting $20million in state funds, that legislation has been criticized as inappropriate in a time of fiscal austerity.

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  • June 7th 2010

    Voorhees, Evesham, and Lumberton Get a Pass while Legislation Demands More from Woodlynne, Somerdale (PDF)

    Legislation that cleared a Senate committee last week and is scheduled for a vote of the full Senate this Thursday says that many growing, newer municipalities, such as Voorhees, Evesham, and Lumberton, have provided sufficient affordable housing while many older suburban municipalities have not. Senate Bill S-1 exempts many wealthier municipalities in South Jersey while requiring Woodlynne, Somerdale, Gloucester City, and Pennsauken to provide more affordable housing and permitting developers to sue those municipalities if their development proposals are rejected.

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  • June 7th 2010

    Proposed Legislation Target Gloucester, Cumberland, And Salem Counties For Increased Housing Develop (PDF)

    A housing bill that passed out of the Senate Economic Growth committee last Thursday relieves numerous North Jersey towns of obligations while requiring three-quarters of all municipalities in Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem Counties to provide additional housing, according to a new analysis of the bill. The information is only available now because the text of the legislation was not available to the public or at the legislative hearing and was not available online until today.

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  • June 7th 2010

    Princeton Borough and Princeton Township Get a Pass while Legislation Demands More from Ewing (PDF)

    Legislation that cleared a Senate committee last week and is scheduled for a vote of the full Senate this Thursday says that many growing, newer municipalities have provided sufficient affordable housing while many older suburban municipalities have not. Senate Bill S-1 exempts Princeton Borough and Princetown Township but requires Ewing to provide more affordable housing and permits developers to sue Ewing if their development proposals are rejected.

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  • June 3rd 2010

    Lesniak Seeking $20 Million Bailout for Housing Development While Attempting to Gut State’s Ho (PDF)

    Housing advocates today announced that, at the same time Sen. Raymond Lesniak proposes stopping starter homes from being built around the state through his S-1 bill, he is also attempting to redirect $20 million from the state’s housing trust fund. The state funds would bail out a risky deal by a private developer involving the renovation of apartments down the street from the Senator’s home in Elizabeth.

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